I have only done the RSPB garden watch here once, but that doesn’t mean I don’t notice our feathered friends around us.
This past weekend was wet, windy and cold, so the thought of sitting in the car with a restricted view for an hour didn’t appeal, and looking out of our windows would have given me even less of an area to scan.
Saying that though, when I participated in January 2015, I’d seen my first ever bullfinch (google image here).
Since then, I have been blessed to see swallows close up (my pictures)
a kingfisher (my pictures)
as well as ducks, geese, moorhens, egyptian geese/ducks, cormorants, herons and these
four cygnets which I snapped today 1st February 2017.
Hubby and I were walking back from town one day a little while ago and saw a bird we had never seen before.
It was about the size of a blackbird or song thrush, but had a red flash on its side and a white flash across its eye.
Looking it up, I discovered it was a Redwing (google images here).
Aren’t they beautiful?
Walking around the Avenue a few days later, we saw at least ten of them on the green.
And speaking of green, we also have a green woodpecker making the rounds at the bottom of the dog walk (another google image here).
All this in my own ‘back garden’.